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Discoloration Defense Skin discoloration serum

Discoloration Defense is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 47.
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Daily dark spot corrector targets visible skin discoloration for brighter, more even-looking skin

skin types

Dry
Normal
Oily
Combination

skin condition

Discolorations

$98.00

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Product Details

Discoloration Defense is a layerable, daily-use dark spot corrector clinically proven to reduce the appearance of key types of skin discoloration, including hard-to-treat forms such as stubborn brown patches and post-acne marks. Formulated with 3% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid, 5% niacinamide, and 5% HEPES, this latest-generation formula improves the appearance of skin discoloration, brightens skin, and evens skin tone in as early as 2 weeks.

  • Features a synergistic blend of anti-discoloration ingredients to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration, improve brightness, and minimize the reoccurrence of discoloration (with continued use)
  • 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, silicone-, gluten-, and hydroquinone-free
  • Ideal at-home complement to professional skin discoloration treatments, such as chemical peels or non-ablative laser; always consult with a physician for individual regimen recommendations

How To Use

  • Twice daily, apply 3-5 drops of this skin discoloration serum to the face.
  • If using in the morning, apply after a SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum and follow with a SkinCeuticals broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen.
  • Limit sun exposure while using this product.
  • Do not use on irritated or broken skin. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
  • Visible Results

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    after

    In a 12-week clinical study, Discoloration Defense significantly improved the appearance of key skin discoloration markers:

    • 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
    • 59% average improvement in the appearance of skin discoloration
    • 81% average improvement in the appearance of post-acne marks
    • 59% average improvement in the appearance of even skin tone

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    Protocol: Average results shown. A 12-week, single-center, clinical study was conducted on 50 females, ages 25 to 60, Fitzpatrick I-IV, with mild to moderate facial skin discoloration, including stubborn dark spots, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone. Discoloration Defense was applied to the face twice a day in conjunction with a sunscreen. Efficacy and tolerability evaluations were conducted at baseline and at weeks 2, 4, 8, and 12.

  • Science & Proof


  • Science

    Everyday elements—including UV exposure, prescription drugs, and some professional treatments—can trigger production of melanin in the skin’s lowest epidermal layers. This excess melanin rises to the surface of the skin, causing visible skin discoloration. Discoloration can manifest in a range of ways, including post-acne marks and stubborn brown patches on the cheekbones, forehead, and upper lip.

    Discoloration Defense is the latest-generation dark spot corrector, using a combination of potent and proven anti-discoloration ingredients—including new tranexamic acid—to address key types of skin discoloration.

Key Ingredients

  • 3% Tranexamic Acid
  • 1% Kojic Acid
  • 5% Niacinamide
  • 5% HEPES

This synthetically-derived ingredient minimizes the reoccurrence of skin discoloration and stubborn brown patches with continued use.

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Aqua / Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycerin, Tranexamic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Kojic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta

Physician Insight

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I recommend Discoloration Defense between chemical peels- this formula targets stubborn types of discoloration but is gentle on my patients’ skin, making it ideal for an at-home regimen between treatments.

Dr. Sarah Sawyer

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uneven skin tone beware I am in love with this product. I use it twice a day (mornings and evenings) in conjunction with a 20% vitamin C serum. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve had zero problems combining this product (which contains Niacinimide) with a vitamin C serum. This product has done an amazing job evening out my overall skin tone. My skin has never looked better. This product is a definite repurchase.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product I received this as a complimentary sample. I have been using it twice daily as directed for about 4 weeks now. I use one drop which covers the sun spot discoloration on my checks. I am just now noticing the spots have slightly faded. Really happy as I wanted to be patient but began to wonder if it was going to work. I would buy this product but will continue to wait to see how much more spots fade.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with this product I have been using this product for about 5 weeks and I find that it has helped fade the dark spots I have from sun exposure and has prevented any new dark spots when I do have to go out in the sun when used with a 50 SPF sunscreen
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discoloration Defense I was given this as a sample from my dermatologist. I have freckles, used to tan regularly, and after some laser and light treatments to lessen dark spots and sun damage, I was told to incorporate this into my skincare regimen. I have sensitive skin and this product has not caused me to break out at all. I feel like in the short time I have used this product, it has helped improve my results. It layers well with the other SkinCeuticals products I have. I will continue to use this product and look forward to seeing more long lasting results in my skin's overall complexion and skin tone.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Spots no more ! I just love the Discoloration Defense ! After years in the sun I started getting dark spots and my skin tone was blotchy. How refreshing it was to see my dark spots fade away and my skin tone look so much better. Thank You SkinCeuticals for your product. ❤️
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing drastic but continuing use I am three months in and I plan to continue using the product! There hasn't been any drastic changes (not that I expect the disappearance of dark spots overnight), but I am noticing an overall lightening effect on my face. The serum is colorless, odorless, and absorbs well into the skin.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great treatment I bought this a six months ago and it was so good to my face
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best!!! I bought this product three months ago and it is simply the best for blemishes I have ever used! My smudges diminished noticeably. I am very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2019-04-20
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